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Předbajkalský buddhismus pohledem československých legionářů: Exteriér Alarského kláštera

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Title in English Alar Monastery in Cis-Baikalia: Buryat Buddhism in Sight of Czechoslovak Legionaries


Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Nový orient
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords CisBaikalia; Buryat Buddhism; Czechoslovak legion; Alar Monastery; Siberia
Description This contribution analyses several photographs made by Czechoslovak legionaries; these photographs capture various aspects of Buryat Buddhism in Cis-Baikalia – monks, lay people, their cult structures, temples and shrines and also interiors, altars etc. The set of about twenty photographs of this type were found in the Central Military Archive of the Czech Republic in Prague, they have not been precisely identified and have a remarkable testimonial value. They capture the state of Buryat Buddhism before the Bolshevik revolution whose effects became apparent in this region only after the departure of foreign intervention armies, including Czechoslovak legionaries. It is not an extensive and systematically created set; the photographs were discovered more or less by accident and they do not represent a targeted collection. Nevertheless their historical value is significant and they illustrate the situation around Lake Baikal very well.
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